Tag Archives: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

#455 When is it OK to remake of a game?

It seems that a new recent trend with many Gaming companies is to release a fresh batch of remakes of old games to celebrate the start of the new console gaming generation.

So far we have Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3DS, Wind Waker HD, Majora Mask 3DS, on Nintendo’s devices. The Master Chief Collection and Last of Us are the major exclusive releases for Microsoft’s and Sony’s console respectively.

Last week I celebrated the release of Binding of Isaac Rebirth on PC and it’s debut on PS4 but that is not the only contender on this gaming trend. Lately we also have the official re-release of Grand Theft Auto 5, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs for the new consoles.

Everyone has some stance when it comes to buying video games, there are those on the internet who are excited for these games to come out for their new devices, and other have gone to the forums proclaiming that these and most remakes are just a cheap trick pulled by these gaming companies to get a quick buck as filler content before they can announce their proper next current generation game.

I land somewhere in the middle, so for today I am going to provide my personal checklist to answer the question, “When is it ok to buy a remake of a game?”

I have been meaning to talk about this issue for ages, with the rumor of GTA V for the Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 but I felt like I needed more games in this category before I could talk about it.

I have been meaning to talk about this issue for ages, with the rumor of GTA V for the Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 but I felt like I needed more games in this category before I could talk about it.

 

 

**The first thing on my list is when the old game is ported to a new engine.**

 

We see this with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire being ported to the X/Y 3DS engine, with Binding of Isaac moving away from being coded on flash and I can not speak for the Halo development team but I assume their Xbox One games as well.

I suspect that it took quite a bit of time remaking the entire region  from the old pixelized world

I suspect that it took quite a bit of time remaking the entire region from the old pixelated world

Being ported to a new engine means that the developers actually put effort into recreating the old world with the new technological tools they had since the game first came out, proving it is not just an upgraded port of the old game. As Edmund McMillen said in his F.A.Q, moving away from flash was able to have the freedom to add more content and have the game better reflect what the type of game he wanted from the beginning.

**New content added….beyond the bundled DLC**

I can only talk about Pokemon ORAS and Binding of Isaac with confidence but both games have added more content to their base game. Just like porting the game to a new engine added content is there as a sign that the game developers put some serious thought and effort into remaking the game to provide more content and reason to justify the decision for the consumer to rebuy the game again.

With Pokemon we have the game play advances we have all come to know and love since the old Gameboy Advance games like the inclusion of  fairy types and mega evolution but on top of that we get the recently advertised feature the new Hidden Move, Soar, giving the players the ability to roam around the Hoenn region as the next logical step for HM02, Fly.

With Binding of Isaac, we have all content from the basic game and the Wrath of Lamb DLC already in the game, but even with all of that the game was just about half the content, the people behind Binding added more items, trinkets, enemies, bosses and levels. With all the returning the old and new items the game has been balanced and tinkered with to provide better synergize with different types of tear shots from all the possible item combinations.

So much added content that within the week of being the only non-stream PC game I played in the last week I have not even begun to scratch the surface of the added content,.

So much added content that within the week of being the only non-stream PC game I played in the last week I have not even begun to scratch the surface of the added content,.

The last and most important criteria for buying a remade game, in my opinion, is:

 

**A remanded game that could still be needed even with backwards compatibility**

 

Backwards compatibility has been a big issue with me with this gaming generation, as well as others, when there was the announcement that newest consoles, aside from Nintendo, could not and would not play any of their games from previous generation’s library. This category focuses on all the games I have not mentioned yet like The Last of Us, Halo 3 & 4, and all the other third-party games remakes.

This leads me to a major question I have with these recent AAA remakes, as a PC gamer is “Why”? Why would anyone play and even pay full price for the same game again with just a graphical upgrade? To side with people I mentioned earlier, It does seem a bit lazy just porting an old game to the PS4 and Xbox One and it only happens that because of the technical ability of the platforms these game developers chose to work with. I do not recall much from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 launch library but I do not remember just after the last gen was revealed a major influx of remastered old  PS2 and Xbox games for everyone to buy again.

You can give Nintendo flack for rehashing established Intellectual Properties and reselling their old games on every new platform but at least it is new to the device, like we see with the NES/SNES ports on the 3DS or old games that dates back two generations, like we see with Zelda Wind Waker, and where credit is due, half of the Halo collection.

I remember my brothers and I playing this game on the Wii almost more than any other wii game besides Mario Kart and Smash

I remember my brothers and I playing this game on the Wii almost more than any other wii game besides Mario Kart and Smash

But that is just my opinion, I want to know what you think, what are the criteria for buying remade/remastered games? Feel free to leave a comment below.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#452 This Post is about Nothing

I have nothing prepared for Be MOP today. These past few days have been quite hectic and it has directly impeded my plans to write about anything videogame related.

At the start of the week my plan was to get a first impressions post about The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth out the doors today. I was going to start playing at Tuesday 12:01 am for a few hours, head off the sleep go out and become politically active for the majority of the day and then complete a few more runs later in the evening, after all the midterm excitement dies down, and then write about the experience.

Then I learned that, for some strange reason, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth only unlocks at 1pm Est, which is right in the middle of the day while I was out on the field doing some last minute canvassing and visibility for my home town’s midterm election. I did end up playing a few hours after the New Hampshire polls closed for the day and all the important elections were called by the media channels, only then to be was pulled away from my computer when I heard that my State’s US Senate election, projected to win, turned into a dead even race so I had to watch how that election results turned out.

I also realized that just a few hours of Binding of Isaac is just a sample of things to come. So unless I had the whole day free I could maybe write about it and do it justice.

I also realized that just a few hours of Binding of Isaac is just a sample of things to come. So unless I had the whole day free I could maybe write about it and do it justice.

My district’s election results also came in that night and sadly I did not win a seat to represent my town in the House of Representatives. Even if I did this particular post would not change much because I would still have no idea how to put all of what it means to win a publicly elected position into a single blog post.

How can you take a blog, all about videogames and my opinions on the latest videogame news with a global viewership and successfully talk about winning a public position that represents only one town at the state level, and what it means to my public/private life and this blog without completely isolating everyone that lives outside of my state, or have no interest in politics?

That is a question I have to ask myself in about two years time. For now I am going to go back to work, after that I am going to follow another long running personal political tradition of mine, turning off my phone, closing out of all of my social media sites, of watching the movie, “V for Vendetta”, giving the viewing all of my undivided attention.

It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I make sure to go out of my way to watch it every year on this day, November the fifth.

It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I make sure to go out of my way to watch it every year on this day, November the fifth.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#451 Games from my Backlog for the month of November 2014

Hello, good day everyone it’s the first post of November and that means another Games from my Backlog update. Last month I more or less took a break from this project with the the idea to just play, “Various Halloween themed games”. My plan was to play these games on my Wednesday Twitch streaming session but I had to change my normal schedule halfway through the month of October.

During that month I did play a handful of supernatural games on Twitch, like replaying They Bleed Pixels, a returning title that I have not played since last year (Be MOP #284), I also played some of Paranautical Activity, an early access game that was pulled from Steam just a few days after I was streaming it. As a surprise to no one I have also been playing through the first Bayonetta game.

 It's Halloween related because of witches right......witches that just happens to use guns than casting magic spells.

It’s Halloween related because of witches right……witches that just happens to use guns than casting magic spells.

This month I want to to get back on track with focusing on a few select games rather than a genera. For the month of November I was to focus getting through Bayonetta 1, a game I have already been playing through every non-streaming day with the hopes to complete it so I can start playing through the sequel before December comes around.

The other game I have been itching to play is the soon to be released, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. I know I need to play through it 100% anyway, it is best to dedicate a month of game play to it now so the temptation to play it does not eat into any other games.

Lets hope there's more lore and more endgame levels.

I hope there’s more lore and more endgame levels in this remake.

I know it is cheating choosing Bayonetta and The Binding of Isaac for my pick from the Backlog, since they are fresh of the release shelves but now they are in my library and to an extent my backlog, so it is almost justified. Who knows I might be doing the same thing for Pokemon ORAS.

**Monthly announcements**

Just like last month I have some announcements that I want you all to be aware of but they are not big enough to dedicate a full blog post to what I need to talk about.

First announcement, As I mentioned before I am changing my Twitch streaming schedule. At the start of the month I received an email from Turbine asking me, that since I was already apart of their Streamer Partnership Program (you can read more about it and what it means here: Be MOP #419), if I wanted to stream on Infinite Crisis’s main Twitch channel every Thursday morning.

I gladly accepted but because of that I am forcing myself to drop my late night streaming session on Wednesdays so I can get a full night sleep, and more importantly I do not sleep through my morning streaming time. And because of a change in my work schedule, I am bumping my Saturday starting time back an half hour from 11 pm to 11:30 pm and as a result I am pushing back the end time to 2:30 pm, so it becomes just like my Monday and Friday stream times.

The second thing I wanted to mention that this Tuesday the United States is having their Midterm elections and I encourage all registered voters who are reading this to go out and vote. I do not care which political party you side with or what politician you are planning to vote for, the important thing is to go out, get educated on your local and state issues and stances of your Representatives and cast your vote this Tuesday.To everyone else out there, vote now and vote often because frequent voting builds a better character and builds a better nation.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#449 Kicking off Nintendo Domination Month

Yesterday I finally got around to receiving my slightly belated Birthday gift, Bayonetta 2 and because of the benevolence of Nintendo, along with the sequel I received a physical copy of the first game in the standard edition. Since I am new to the series I have spent most of my free time yesterday playing through Bayonetta 1 before I even touch the shiny new next-gen follow up game.

BayonettaWiiU-1

I have gotten to the point in the game where it introduce the ,lack for a better word, causal insta-kill scenarios into the regular part of the game

Depending on how well I take to these games I might continue the Platinum hype train with buying their earlier Wii U game, the Wonderful 101.

Besides game play Bayonetta is an interesting topic because there is so much one could talk and speculate about. I could go into an full post about how this is one of Nintendo’s first mature rated first party game since Conker’s Bad Fur Day or how it was Nintendo’s choice to allow some of their greatest female characters like Peach, Daisy, and Samus to be cosmetic costumes for Bayonetta, and even pushing the creators to make the costumes even more sexier and what it means for the future of Nintendo and their Family Friendly status that they have been building up for the past few decades.

Or I could talk about Nintendo’s choice actually advertise this game, on both Adult Swim and on the “American men’s lifestyle magazine” Playboy to advertise their Nintendo exclusive game with web advertisements and  they only way Playboy knows how, with a photo shoot with one of their models.

 What a time to be alive. My favorite thing is how the Mii-verse is handling  a game with such unapologetic sex appeal and swearing.

What a time to be alive. My favorite thing is how the Mii-verse is handling a game with such unapologetic sex appeal and swearing.

These are all good topics that I might return to later, once we have more evidence to suggest that this is a new trend for Nintendo, rather than magnificent lighting in a bottle event. Instead I want to shine light in the fact that Bayonetta 2 kicks off what I am calling, and what I have written about before (Be MOP #440), Nintendo Domination Month. I have been waiting for this event for a very long time because within this one month period all of my most anticipated games for 2014, most of them just so happens to be Nintendo IPs, will hit the shelves.

The arrival of Bayonetta 1 and 2 on the Wii U kicked off the season followed by the remake of one of my favorite game, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the only PC game on this list, but from what we saw the advancement of Bayonetta, it could be on the eShop catalog one day. Then sometime in November we will be receiving the first half of Mario Kart 8 DLC, with the introduction of new characters, vehicles and new tracks.

After THAT we finally see  the Gen 3DS remake, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and long awaited Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U released on the same day. All of these games are coming out within four weeks and all of these games are titles I am beyond pumped to buy them all, which is great because recently I have been using my Wii U’s Amazon streaming app more than playing games on it, which is a serious sign that I needed to improve my console’s library.

I will be talking about Smash, the DLC, and my thoughts very soon.

I will be talking about Smash, the DLC, and my thoughts very soon.

Pardon me if for the next month or two I will be focusing mostly on Nintendo’s practice and games, this is the first time in quite a while that I have been excited for the release of any one game, let alone six of them. Heaven only knows how I will be able to juggle my free time between all these games.


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#445 The Bittersweet Birthday Gift

As I mentioned about three weeks ago, the beginning of the month was also my birthday, and today I want to talk about a gifts one of my brother gave me. As I mentioned before at the start of the month I was gifted a pre-order ticket of The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, one of my most anticipated sequel/remake of one of my favorite and most played Steam game on Steam.

steam boi re

It is not just me who loves the game,The Binding of Isaac is full of family fun, because I, and two of my brothers religiously play the game. Because of that my brothers and I have had many conversations about our own personal adventures through the game with the odd combination of items the RNG loot room gave us and getting hyped about what could possibly be added to the next installment.
Bless my brother’s heart, he knew I was going to get The Binding of Isaac the moment the game went live, and I know what he did was with good intention, but no good deed goes unpunished. because in giving me one of the games I have on my wish list he has ended up preordered a game.

I wrote about my policy with pre-ordering games here in Be MOP #272, but just as a one paragraph recap:
Preorders are one of the few things I do not like with the videogame world, I have wrote before but I see no reason to preorder a game anymore, because if it is a major game it has enough marketing and research behind it to ensure that every major videogame outlet has more than enough physical copies of the game at launch. The idea of pre-ordering something through a digital service, like Steam XBL/PSN, and the such is even more pointless because those services have an unlimited amount of resources to hand out the day of launch and for all the days after that. Now Pre Ordering has changed from making sure that the consumer has the desired limited supply product to a tool for the gaming companies to add the most amount of profit of a game before it is even released, which all adds to the mess of things within the AAA gaming economy.

I swear this is world's best technique for persuade steam users to preorder any game

I swear this is world’s best technique for persuade steam users to preorder any game

Because of my policy, and seeing how bad preording can get with some game companies, I have sworn off of pre ordering any games from any gaming device, no matter how much I like the game or how excited I am for it’s release. The kicker is my brother knows of stance because I have spent multiple times ranting and debating him about the issue of preorders, using the Binding of Isaac, a game that I am currently has a countdown timer on my phone, as example on how determined I am to stick to my principles about not preordering a game.

So imagine the bittersweet moment I felt when I received the notification when my brother, the same brother that I have had extensive conversations with about policies and politics in videogames, went ahead and made a preorder purchase of my favorite game for me, thus encouraging the growth and the practice of preordering in the industry. I still love him and I still can not get too mad, because of him I am now qualified to unlock the special Binding of Isaac hat in Team Fortress 2

Hey I said I was against preorder bonuses for TF2, I did not say I wanted them

Hey I said I was against preorder and preordering bonuses, I did not say I did not want them


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

#437 Games from my Backlog for the month of October 2014

October is here and with that it is time to break out the freshly picked pie, Halloween decorations and start looking for a handful of new games to play for the new month. This is just another installment of my long running series where I try to get my gaming backlog under control.

For September I played through VVVVVV and The Walking Dead Season 2,

VVVVVV was the game I played on my Twitch Stream and as I wrote about it in my pixel perfect post earlier this month, it is a surprisingly open world 2D platformer that wonderfully polished the game and controls by limiting the action to using the Left and Right arrow buttons and the one action button that flips your gravitational pull. It is not much but what it did to was to scratch the itch that I have been having lately.

Closing comments: VVVVVVVV is not a game you complete, or even finish, but rather game to play up to the point where you rage quit. and then you leave the game alone for a few months.

Closing comments: VVVVVVVV is not a game you complete, or even finish, but rather game to play up to the point where you rage quit. Then you leave the game alone for a few months and return back to it for a few more stages.

The Walking Dead Season 2 was another wonderful game, that I played off Stream because I was afraid I could not properly comment on what was happening without ruining the atmosphere and after playing through I was glad that I did not try to live stream the story.

My favorite thing about the game’s series is the interesting depiction of the various political/idealists extremes, whether it be everyone pull their own weight of pure capitalism, the every man for themselves mentality, or the harsh dictatorship in the middle of Season 2. I also like how Season 2 focused on the theme of broken people, as these survivors lasting for so long rather than the theme of constantly searching for hope and haven in looking for Clementine’s parents.

Despite my best efforts the game still forced me to invoke an emotional response from me and even forced me into situations where it was so intense that I abandoned my morals and themes of my past decisions.

TellTale games don't think you could not add a Image comic book Easter egg with me catching it would ya?

TellTale games don’t think you could not add a Image comic book Easter egg with me catching it would ya?

Now that we covered last month’s game lets move on to the games that I am going to play for this month. and this month, the month that house one of my favorite holidays, I am going to do something different. Instead of playing through two set games to play in my spare time I have a few selected Halloween theme games to play on my Wednesday streams to get in the super spooky mood. I am not listing them here because I want them to be a surprise but they are some titles that I have already played and some I have not even installed yet.

The other reason I want to do this is to free up some spare time to read some of the Lovecraft stories. A few years ago I bought the complete works of HP Lovecraft and every October I try to read the all the short stories I can before the month is up, it is pretty much a tradition at this point.

**Monthly announcements**

It occurred to me that these posts would be a good place to list off some video game announcements that deserves some mentions but might not warrant an full post.

The first one announcement is that today is my 23rd birthday! And with that I have two games that will soon to be in my possession. The first one is the Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 from my parents and the second one is The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from my brother.

The funny thing is my brother knows my stance on preordering games, I have talked to him about my personal policy on the matter, using this game as example, multiple times.

The funny thing is my brother knows my stance on preordering games, I have talked to him about my personal policy on the matter, using this game as example, multiple times.

For a special bonus I want to leave you with a Be MOP post I wrote 2 years ago to celebrate my 21st birthday.

 

The second announcement I want to make is just a reminder everyone that I am going to be a 24 hour gaming live stream event on my Twitch channel this 25th on behalf of Extra Life.

this was the reward I promised you guys if I was able to reach my fundraising goal for this year we did so now I have to be true to my words.

this was the reward I promised you guys if I was able to reach my fundraising goal for this year we did so now I have to be true to my words.

 


I’m also on Twitter

Be MOP focuses on the world of videogames with my own reflections about the current news and developments that happens throughout the gaming industry. Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized